Lakes Entrance is located 311km east of Melbourne
. This delightful coastal town is nestled on the ocean entrance point to the 500sqkm lakes system stretching along the coast to Seaspray. Dubbed the “Riviera Holiday Capital”, this town is blessed with magnificent waterways, pristine beaches and marvellous scenery.
The scenery can be appreciated from Jemmie’s Point Lookout on Princes Hwy, north of The Narrows. The views from here are spectacular, overlooking the entrance and the beginning of the network of beautiful lakes connecting throughout East Gippsland.
Another lookout point further on is Kalimna Lookout
, with glorious lake and ocean views stretching for miles. This lakes region is very picturesque.
Water being the focus here, there are plenty of aqua-based activities to enjoy. Launch your own boat in the inlet or hire one at the Cunninghame Arm on Marine Parade. Fishing and BBQ boats
are available for hire as well as fishing tackle.
Across the Cunninghame Footbridge from town there are plenty of water toys for hire. Paddle boats, catamarans, aquabikes, canoes, paddle skis, cruise chairs and body boards are all here to enjoy. A café is also located here overlooking the water.
A short walk over the dunes is Main Beach, which is part of the Ninety Mile Beach stretching the entirety of the lake system’s coastline to Seaspray. This beautiful beach has a lifeguard station and is patrolled at scheduled times.
River cruises are also on offer to assist you in enjoying your Lakes Entrance experience, departing from the Post Office Jetty on the Esplanade. Popular cruises include Wyanga Park Winery and Lonsdale Cruises, which explore the lake system and its marine and bird life.
Eastern Beach is another pristine stretch of the 90 Mile Beach accessible via Eastern Beach Rd. This less frequented beach is suitable for swimming, surfing and fishing and is patrolled by lifeguards when flags are present. A picnic area with barbeque and playground facilities is located behind the dunes.
Bullock Island is a popular fishing and crabbing spot via Bullock Island Rd in town. The jetty faces The Narrows and Rigby Island, which is a bird haven and quite scenic. Pelicans also frequent the area in hope of a feed of fresh fish carcasses.
This popular holiday destination of waterways is not short on visitor accommodation. There are an abundance of caravan parks, apartments, motels and hotels, many located by the water. Free campers can take advantage of the Log Crossing Picnic Area, the turnoff located 9km northwest of town along the hwy and a further 2km in along the unsealed Log Crossing Rd. The space is limited and there are no facilities, however a nice quiet bush setting.
Lakes Entrance boasts a delightfully scenic setting with plenty to do. Whether you’re after solitude on a peaceful stretch of 90 Mile Beach or keen to get amongst it in the surf or on a river cruise, Lakes Entrance can offer you all this and more. The waterways are your oyster.
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